Pro Board 2019
The Windward School
Research Associate & Classroom Teacher
I was born in Florida and grew up in Westchester County, NY. As a dedicated soccer player, I developed a passion and appreciation for movement and strength. Due to my love of sports and education, I coached soccer throughout high school and college, and have taught for the past eight years. I’m currently the research associate and teacher at an independent school in Manhattan, and I’m pursuing my doctorate degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education at Johns Hopkins University. I’m passionate about the power of education, and more specifically, I enjoy teaching children the tools to develop confidence, resilience, and determination to achieve their goals. Outside of work, I enjoy exercising at different studios around the city, spending time with friends and family, and traveling to unique places. (One of my travel highlights was white water kayaking on the Nile River!)
Who is the most inspiring woman you know?
My grandma, Beatrice, is the most inspiring woman I know. After a long, dedicated career as a nurse, teacher, pastor, and chaplain, she continues to embody the perfect balance of grit and grace. Throughout her life, she has inspired me with her love for learning, courage, altruism, and integrity, values that I strive to embody. While I was volunteering in Kampala, Uganda for the summer, she provided the funds and encouraged me to build a library for the children, which I dedicated in her honor. She has also inspired me to continue my education through the doctorate level.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my work with children and adolescents of all ages throughout my career as a soccer coach, mentor, and teacher. While teaching skills are important, I am of the impact I have made on fostering a community where children can be themselves, take risks, strive to be their best, and most importantly, laugh and have fun. I truly believe that life is better when it is filled with joy. My work as a teacher and researcher has also provided opportunities for me to share my knowledge with colleagues, parents, and teachers in the broader education community, which has led to fruitful exchanges of ideas and practices.